Lancero - Scatter-Gather DMA Engine for PCI Express

Block Diagram

Solution Type: Qsys Component

End Market: Computer & Storage, Consumer, Industrial, Medical, Test & Measurement

Evaluation Method: OpenCore Plus

Technology: Interface Protocols: PCI Express

Arria Series: Arria 10, Arria V, Arria 10 SoC, Arria V SoC

Cyclone Series: Cyclone IV, Cyclone V, Cyclone V SoC

Stratix Series: Stratix IV, Stratix V


The Microtronix Lancero Scatter-Gather DMA Engine for PCI Express provides either a Target Bridge or a Descriptor Bridge SGDMA solution for PCI Express endpoints. The IP connects seamlessly to Altera PCI Express Hard IP cores, providing a transparent high-speed data path over PCI Express. Driver packages are available for Windows, Linux, QNX and Apple OSX.


    Device Utilization and Performance

    Device utilizations: PCIe Bridge DMA - Cyclone IV GX (x1/x4 lane) - 1354 LE, Arria II GX/Stratix IV GX (x1/x4 lane) - 592 LE, Arria II GX/Stratix IV GX (x8) - 680 LE PCIe SG DMA - Cyclone IV GX (x1/x4 lane) - 5905 LE, Arria II GX/Stratix IV GX (x1/x4 lane) - 2594 LE, Arria II GX/Stratix IV GX (x8) - 2834 LE I/O Performance: Gen1: x1/x8: 200MBps/1650MBps, Gen2: x1/x8 440MBps/3200MBps

    Getting Started

    Complete Reference Designs are supplied for a wide range of Altera Development boards. The Lancero IP package includes complete driver for Linux, QNX and Windows.

    IP Quality Metrics

    Year IP was first released2010
    Latest version of Quartus supported15.1
    Altera Customer Use
    IP has been successfully implemented in production with at least one customerY

    Customer deliverables include the following:

    • Design file (encrypted source code or post-synthesis netlist)
    • Simulation model for ModelSim Altera edition
    • Timing and/or layout constraints
    • Testbench or design example
    • Documentation with revision control
    • Readme file
    Any additional customer deliverables provided with IP
    Complete driver source
    Parameterization GUI allowing end user to configure IPY
    IP core is enabled for OpenCore Plus SupportY
    Source language
    Testbench languageVerilog
    Software drivers providedY
    Driver OS supportLinux, QNX, Windows
    User InterfaceAvalon-MM
    IP-XACT Metadata includedN
    Simulators supportedModelSim
    Hardware validated Y. Altera Board Name Cyclone V SoC, Arria II GX, Arria V and Stratix IV GX (Terasic) DE4 Dev Kit
    Industry standard compliance testing performed
    If No, is it planned?N
    IP has undergone interoperability testing
    Interoperability reports available  N

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